W&R Farm & Ranch Grass Fed Beef: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Grass Fed Beef?
Grass-finished beef (sometimes marketed as grass fed beef) comes from cattle that have been raised on a forage diet their entire lives. While most cattle spend the majority of their lives in pastures eating grass before moving to a feedlot for grain-finishing, grass-finished beef cattle remain on a pasture and forage diet.
Q: Organic Fed vs. Grass Fed: What’s the difference?
If beef product is labeled “grass fed,” it came from cows exclusively fed grass, hay and forage. No grains were included in the mix. It’s possible that pesticides were used on the grasses or hay, and it’s also possible that cows were given Vaccines. Grass fed does not mean organic. Organic cows are fed organic feed that could include grain with grass, hay and forage.
W & R Farm & Ranch currently offers grass fed beef in the San Antonio area and beyond. In Winter 2017, we be adding Organic Fed Beef! Our Organic Fed Steers will be fed certified Organic Corn for better fat deposits (flavor) in the meat. We currently have 50 acres of Certified Organic Corn in East Texas planted for this operation. All cattle will be raised by us, to our standards under our supervision on our land.
Q: What Is Grass Fed Verified?
Beef producers wishing to make marketing claims associated with what their animals are fed or how their animals are raised must submit a documented quality manual to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Once AMS approves the supplier’s quality management program, the program is then “USDA Process Verified.”
Process claims such as “free-range,” “pasture-raised” and “grass-finished” must be approved by USDA FSIS before they can be used on a beef product label.
W & R Farm & Ranch meets the USDA standards for certified grass fed beef.
Q: What Should I Know About W&R Lowry Farms Steers?
At W&R Farm & Ranch, we slaughter twice a year -- in the Spring and the Fall. Our steers will range from 1,000-1,300 lbs and will be approximately 28 months old at time of butcher.
We raise British breed cattle, including Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Black Baldy and Red Baldy. Our cattle are raised in South Texas in either LaSalle, Live Oak or Nueces counties and are slaughtered in Poth, TX at Dean and Peeler Meatworks, a state-of-the-art, federally inspected, custom meat processing plant.
Q: I want A Steer, What Do I Do?
That’s an easy one! Email us at email@example.com to reserve your steer. Once a Steer has been reserved for you, we ask you to pay a down payment (slaughter fee). We will call you once your steer is delivered to the slaughtering plant with tag number for your animal. The butcher will then contact you about custom cutting.
Q: How Do I Get Ready For My Meat Purchase?
A 1,300 lb steer will yield about 600 lbs of Meat! While that may sound like a lot, it goes faster than you think. However, many of our customers opt to find friends to split a steer with. If you choose this option, you will be the point of contact for your animal throughout the whole process.
When the butcher calls you for cuts, he’ll need to know:
- Your desired packaging sizes - Ground Beef pounds, Rib Size, etc.
- Your preference for Bone-in vs. Bone-out
- Desired thickness of Cuts for Steaks, Chops, Etc.
- How you are going to freeze it (We recommend a cheap freezer that can be purchased at any of the big box hardware stores)
- How you’ll be receiving your meat (We can do it for you with a delivery charge or you can pick it up from the butcher).
If you have any more questions, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!